Meet John Doe
A recognized classic, "Meet John Doe" is Frank Capra's poignant and moving social drama of the human spirit.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 27, 2001
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||James Gleason, Walter Brennan, Barbara Stanwyck & Gary Cooper|
|Performer:||Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque & Irving Bacon|
|Directed by||Frank Capra|
|Edited by||Daniel Mandell|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Riskin|
|Composition by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Cinematography by||George Barnes|
|Produced by||Frank Capra|
It's a stronger and far less dated film than his overpraised It's a Wonderful Life. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Capra's political parable is problematic parables, from his contradictory approach to the "little people" to the right-wing elements to the compromised ending, in which Cooper is stopped from committing suicide. Full Review
It's pure Capra, run through with the tension between idealism and corruption... Full Review
Capra's films work because he believed with his whole heart in his cornball agendas. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Journalistic ethics are only a small aspect of the film, but the implications are long-ranging. Full Review
Rating: 7/10 -- ...the political and social ramifications are just as topical today as they were seventy years ago. Full Review
The movie is superb, dynamic, masterful. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
This classic is a moving, poignant depiction of faded glory. Gary Cooper portrays a former baseball player whose misfortunes have changed his life. Barbara Stanwyck, a news reporter, interviews "John Doe" (Cooper.) Her report falls into the hands of a crooked politician who exploits "John Doe" by making him a good will ambassador in a phony political drive, leaving Cooper on the brink of suicide. This film represents director Frank Capra at his best.
Reporter Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) is fired from her job by an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon and retaliates by printing a fake suicide note to the editor signed by a fictional "John Doe." The letter is picked up by the public as a rallying point, as Mr. Doe claimed to be so distraught by the problems of society that he'd rather end his own life in protest. But the tycoon uses the publicity as part of a secret plan, hiring a down-on-his-luck unemployed man (Gary Cooper) to impersonate Doe--establishing him as an American symbol and creating a new political movement in the process. Frank Capra's endearing classic also stars the great character actors Walter Brennan and James Gleason.
A spunky journalist, fired by the paper's new owners, hatches a clever scheme to get her job back. On her last day of work, she "discovers" a letter written by a man lamenting the selfishness and injustice of the world--and announcing his plans to kill himself on Christmas Eve as a protest.
The fraudulent missive proves to be a terrific public relations stunt, creating an incredible wave of public support for the man while pushing the paper's readership to an all-time high. But now they need someone to play his role, and they find their reluctant hero in the form of a handsome, naive vagabond. The soft-spoken tramp wants only to make it back to baseball's big leagues, but the common folk love his homespun ways and he soon becomes a candidate for political office.
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